Born: September 27, 1982, Louisiana, US | Successful For: Rapper | Zodiac Sign: Libra
Inner Keys to Success:
- BE COURAGEOUS & BOLD ENOUGH TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES: When Lil Wayne first met brothers Brian (Birdman & Founder of Cash Money Records) and Slim Williams, he was courageous enough to show off his talent so much so that the brothers gave him their business card. This sparked Lil Wayne’s drive to “make it” as he would phone them constantly until the two brothers finally decided to take Lil Wayne into the hip-hop game. “The more time you spend contemplating what you should have done… you lose valuable time planning what you can and will do.” At 14, Lil Wayne even dropped out of highschool to further pursue his dream despite the fact that he was an honors student.
- FIND YOUR GIFT, WHAT FEELS NATURAL: Lil Wayne was fortunate enough to unlock a talent that came natural to him at the age of 8. At this innocent young age, he wrote his very first rap song. Ever since the age of 8, he’s been able to spit fan-favorite lyrics over, and over again. His consistency is what has earned him platinum records, and the ability to create his own label “Young Money.” When you find your gift, it makes it that much easier to outperform yourself over, and over again without giving up. Often Lil Wayne says “I’m Me” a reference to the fact that he’s being himself, doing what he loves the way he wants. Check out this video where Diddy and Wayne further explain the importance of being yourself in the rap game. This mentality is what he’s preached to his artists under Young Money such as Drake, and Nicki Minaj.
- PERSEVERANCE IS WHAT SEPARATES THE VICTORS FROM THE FAILURES: Lil Wayne grew up in one of the poorest areas of New Orleans, and even though Wayne started rapping at the age of 8, he didn’t get high recognition until he was 15, 7 years later! “I know it’s an experience that I need to have if God’s putting me through it.” It was at 15 when he joined the “Hot Boys” as the youngest of the group that Wayne first landed on the Billboard Top 100 with the group’s debut album Guerrilla Warfare. A couple years later, at 17, he separated from the group to release his first solo album Tha Carter which hit number 3 on the Billboards.
“I’m an addict, I’m addicted to success. Thankfully, there’s no rehab for success.” – Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne actually attended the University of Houston while in his rap career to take psychology classes. He shortly switched to online classes whereby he obtained his major in psychology years later. Lil Wayne sure may put on a show, but he’s also got the brains behind his music methodology.
“You supposed to be able to do anything in this world. That’s what Martin Luther King told me.” – Lil Wayne